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What is Citizen Science? An introduction with Citizen Science Italia

What is Citizen Science? An introduction with Citizen Science Italia

| Sara Di Giorgio | News
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Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Open Science Café with Gaia Agnello and Elena Giglia


2:30 PM – 2:40 PM Opening connection and welcome by Elena Giglia

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM Presentation by Gaia Agnello

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Q&A/Discussion

Citizen science, or participatory science, involves the active engagement of citizens in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data for scientific purposes. It encompasses a wide range of scientific fields and initiatives, which are reshaping the interaction between society and science, and contributing significantly to the creation of new knowledge. In recent years, Italy has seen a growing interest in citizen science. A group of scientists and citizen science advocates has spearheaded various initiatives to advance citizen science in the country, culminating in the establishment of the Italian national association Citizen Science ETS last year. CSI operates with an ethos of openness and inclusivity, aiming to represent the diverse and dynamic nature of the citizen science community.

Who will speak

Gaia Agnello (speaker): With an MSc in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, Gaia Agnello serves as the Director of the Sicily Environment Fund Foundation. Since 2014, she has been involved in citizen science, starting with her first research project conducted with Imperial College London on the social dimension of citizen science. She has worked on community-based conservation projects in Belize and collaborated with the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Berlin. Gaia is the Vice President of Citizen Science Italia ETS, an Ambassador for citizen science in Italy for the Horizon European Citizen Science (ECS) project, and serves as a reviewer for the Horizon IMPETUS project.

Elena Giglia (moderator): she is responsible for the Open Access Project Unit at the University of Turin. She plays an active role in national and international working groups on Open Science and is a partner in several Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects. She was part of the Commission at the Ministry of University and Research that drafted the National Plan for Open Science, forthcoming. She was a member of the "Open Access and New Indicators" Working Group at ANVUR (2013-2014). She actively participates in national and international conferences on various aspects of Open Science, including evaluation, and engages in intensive training, information, and promotion activities.

Who should attend?

The webinar is designed for the Italian community and is aimed at researchers, research support staff, technicians, and technologists interested in learning about topics related to open science and FAIR principles.

Mandatory registration at the following link:

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